Jason Fearneyhough is chief policy officer with Western Landowners Alliance. Previously, he served as deputy commissioner of agriculture for the state of Texas from 2015 to 2023 and director of the Department of Agriculture for his home state of Wyoming from 2009 to 2014.

State and Tribal negotiators are hashing out proposals for management of the Colorado River that will Kick in in 2026. Why should Western landowners care, and how can they participate? As